Officials see "tremendous increase" in baggage theft

From serial luggage thieves in Phoenix to a St. Louis operation targeting the duffel bags of departing soldiers, baggage theft is on the rise, The Wall Street Journal reports. Authorities say the increase is partly due to stricter security for air cargo, forcing thieves to target passenger luggage instead. Another problem: Both TSA workers and airline employees have access to checked bags, making it harder to fix the blame for stolen items. Help may be on the way, however, as airport police chiefs launch a new nationwide reporting system designed to spot patterns and identify problem airports.

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